August Rush (Blu-ray)

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august rush very good

on 10/8/2012

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Product Overview

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 206903147
UPC 085391178279
UPC 14 00085391178279
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Musicians
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note AUGUST RUSH is part romance, part gentle fantasy, but this sweet drama is all heart. When young cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) and rock musician Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) meet at a party in the mid 1990s, it's love at first sight, and they spend the night in each other's arms. But Lyla's father forces them apart, even though she later learns she's pregnant. Later, an accident lands Lyla in the hospital, and though her father tells her that her baby died, the child survives and is given up for adoption. AUGUST RUSH jumps to the present and begins to follow Evan (Freddie Highmore), an 11 year old who has grown up in a boys' home. As Evan embarks on a crusade to find his parents, he imagines he can communicate with them through his gift for music. His journey to New York City brings him into contact with Wizard (Robin Williams), a man eager to capitalize on the child prodigy's talent. Wizard gives Evan the name August Rush as he begins performing all over the city, but the boy's ultimate goal is to find the parents he has never met.^From FINDING NEVERLAND to CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Highmore has displayed an almost prodigious talent himself. He's a gifted young actor, and this emotional story is the perfect venue for his acting. AUGUST RUSH isn't a film for the cynics, but even the hard-hearted in the audience will have difficulty not being touched by this sentimental film. As in Evan's life, music plays a central role in AUGUST RUSH, and it's tough not to let your heart soar along with the melodies. Though it could draw comparisons to OLIVER! and ANNIE, this is a unique and heartwarming film.
Reviews
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he execution is unblushingly that of a fairy tale....Mark Mancina's original score is a treat too..." 12/01/2007 p.94
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry." 11/21/2007
Directors
Kirsten Sheridan
Actors
Freddie Highmore
Keri Russell
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Robin Williams
Cast & Crew
Freddie Highmore - Actor
James V. Hart - Screenplay
John Mathieson - Cinematographer
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Actor
Keri Russell - Actor
Kirsten Sheridan - Director
Leon G. Thomas, III - Actor
Lionel Wigram - Executive Producer
Marian Seldes - Actor
Mario Ventenilla - Art Director
Mark Mancina - Original Music By
Michael Shaw - Production Designer
Nick Castle - Screenplay
Paul Castro - Based On Story By
Richard Barton Lewis - Producer
Robin Williams - Actor
Terrence Howard - Actor
William Sadler - Actor
William Steinkamp - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000026449
UPC 00085391178279
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Nominee (2008) Oscar, Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical. The film intends to be a modern day fable about fate and music and Dickensian characters but the sloppiness of the script and haphazard nature of the direction turns everything rancid. It's not difficult to understand what director Kirsten (daughter of Jim) Sheridan is attempting and equally easy to see that she doesn't achieve her goal. August Rush is constructed on a foundation of interconnected failures, the biggest of which comes at the very end. Instead of giving us the moment that a mawkish melodrama like this demands, we are presented with a diluted and minimally satisfying shadow of the moment. It's one of many things that August Rush does wrong...Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers fare better than Highmore, but this isn't going to be a highlight on the filmography of either. As Wizard, Robin Williams hits all the wrong notes. There's potential here for a genuinely creepy, frightening character but, in order to get a PG rating, the gloves are on, making Williams more cartoonish than menacing. Terrence Howard is criminally underused.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Here is a movie drenched in sentimentality, but it's supposed to be. I dislike sentimentality where it doesn't belong, but there's something brave about the way "August Rush" declares itself and goes all the way with coincidence, melodrama and skillful tear-jerking. I think more sensitive younger viewers, in particular, might really like it...The story is a very free modern adaptation of elements from Oliver Twist...The movie, directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, James V. Hart and Paul Castro, pulls out all the stops, invents new ones and pulls them out too. But it has a light-footed, cheerful way about its contrivances, and Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") is so open and winning that he makes August seem completely sincere. One touch of craftiness would sink the whole enterprise...Another quality about the movie is that it seems to sincerely love music as much as August does. If you're going to lay it on this thick, you can't compromise, and Sheridan doesn't. I don't have some imaginary barrier in my mind beyond which a movie dare not go. I'd rather "August Rush" went the whole way than just be lukewarm about it. Yes, some older viewers will groan, but I think up to a certain age, kids will buy it, and in imagining their response, I enjoyed my own.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Angie Errigo, Empire ...a (very sweet) fairy tale and Highmore is captivating.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...[an] unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.
Greg Russell, WMYD-TV A modern day musical fairytale.
Karl Rozemeyer, Premiere For those who loved his singing in "Velvet Goldmine," Rhys-Meyers once again proves that he has pipes.
Mark S. Allen, CBS-TV Heart warming beyond your wildest dreams!

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